May 14th-16th, 2015

Speakers for the Southern Food Writing Conference

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Confirmed speakers for the Southern Food Writing Conference include:

John T. Edge

John T. Edge


Director of the Southern Foodways Alliance, Edge has written or edited more than a dozen books, is a contributing editor at Garden & Gun, a columnist for the Oxford American, and New York Times contributor.

Edward Lee

Edward Lee


One part Southern soul, one part Asian spice, and one part New York attitude, Lee is a James Beard nominated chef of 610 Magnolia located in Louisville, KY. Author of Smoke & Pickles and Top Chef fan favorite.

Carrie Morey

Carrie Morey


Owner of the legendary, South Carolina-based Callie’s Biscuits and author of Callie’s Biscuits and Southern Traditions.


Penny De Los Santos


Award winning internationally published photographer and Senior Contributing photographer for Saveur Magazine and a regular contributing photographer for National Geographic Magazine.

Belinda Ellis

Belinda Ellis


Editor at Edible Piedmont Magazine, author of Biscuits: A Savor the South Cookbook.

Adrian Miller

Adrian Miller

A culinary historian, certified barbecue judge, and author of Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American cuisine, One Plate at a Time.

beth kirby

Beth Kirby


Masterchef USA alumni and the jane of all trades author, photographer, and stylist behind the blog Local Milk, her work has been featured online and in print in Food & Wine, Saveur, Home & Hill, Kinfolk, and more. When not behind the stove, lens, or keyboard she can usually be found combing farmers markets & flea markets alike in search of inspiration for her next dish, gathering, or shoot.

Lisa Donovan

Lisa Donovan


After moving to Nashville with her BFA in hand, she began waiting tables at Margot to supplement her writing income, where she met a community of people who shared her passion for food. She went on to become the Head Pastry Chef at City House and later returned to Margot as Pastry Chef before taking a break to return to her writing and to spend time with her two children. During this time she developed the community-style gatherings known as Buttermilk Road Sunday Suppers. In 2011, through a mutual obsession with antebellum recipes and techniques, and exchanged emails about food, Chef Sean Brock knew Donovan was the obvious choice for pastry chef for Husk Nashville, which opened in May 2013.

Ted Lee

Ted Lee (left)


Ted and his brother Matt grew up in Charleston, South Carolina. When they left to attend colleges in the Northeast, they so missed the foods of their hometown that they founded The Lee Bros. Boiled Peanuts Catalogue, a mail-order catalogue for southern pantry staples. When an editor of a travel magazine asked them to write a story about road-tripping their home state in search of great food, they embarked on a second career as food and travel journalists. They currently are contributing editors at Travel + Leisure and frequently write food stories for Bon Appetit, The New York Times, Fine Cooking and Food & Wine, among other publications. Ted lives with his wife, the artist E.V. Day, in Brooklyn, NY.

Jennifer Justus

Jennifer Justus


Her formal training comes from Boston University where she created her own food writing curriculum with courses in Journalism and Gastronomy, a cultural study of food founded by Julia Child and Jacques Pepin.  She is the author of The Food Lovers’ Guide to Nashville (Globe Pequot Press, November 2012), and worked as food culture and lifestyles reporter at The Tennessean for six years. Her work also has appeared in editions 5 and 6 of Cornbread Nation: the Best of Southern Food Writing, Alimentum literary food journal, Nashville Lifestyles magazine, Southern Living, The Local Palate, Imbibe, the Boston Herald and The Boston Globe.


Damon Lee Fowler


Founding board member and past president of the Southern Foodways Alliance, Damon Lee Fowler is a nationally recognized authority on Southern cooking and its history. He was born in north Georgia and grew up in upstate South Carolina. He is the author of six critically acclaimed cookbooks, including Classical Southern Cooking: A Celebration of the Cuisine of the Old South. He has also written historical commentary for three historical cookbooks, was recipe developer and editor for Dining at Monticello: In Good Taste and Abundance, and his work has appeared in Bon AppetitFood & WineRelishCornbread Nation (a journal of the South’s best food writing), The Charlotte ObserverThe St. Petersburg TimesThe Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and Southern Voice.


Hunter Lewis

Hunter Lewis

Executive Editor of Southern Living. Hunter previously served as Food Editor at Bon Appetit,as well as a serving as Kitchen Director at Saveur.

Greg Schumann

Publisher of Southern Living. Schumann previously worked  for the Parenting, Babytalk and Conceive brands.

Jessica Mischner

Jessica Mischner


Jessica Mischner is a senior editor at Garden & Gun, where she has produced more than 200 stories on Southern culture across all fronts—food, drinks, arts, entertainment, travel, and more. In addition to shaping the front of book Talk of the South section of the magazine, Jessica oversees the annual Made in the South Awards, edits cover packages and features, and crafts original web content. Prior to 2011, Jessica was a contributing editor and blogger for G&G, a role she assumed after stints at Food & Wine, Metropolitan Home, and Travel + Leisure, among other print and web publications. A native of South Carolina, Jessica spent eight years in Manhattan before rejoining the mosquitoes down in Charleston.

Joe Yonan

Joe Yonan


Joe Yonan is the two-time James Beard Award-winning Food and Travel editor of The Washington Post and the author of “Eat Your Vegetables: Fresh Recipes for the Single Cook” (Ten Speed Press, August 6, 2013). In 2011, he wrote “Serve Yourself: Nightly Adventures in Cooking for One,” which Serious Eats called “a truly thoughtful, useful, and incredibly delicious book.” Joe was a food writer and Travel section editor at The Boston Globe before moving to Washington in 2006 to edit the Post’s Food section, for which he also writes the Weeknight Vegetarian column and occasional feature stories. His work from the Globe and Post has appeared in three editions of the “Best Food Writing” anthology. Joe spent 2012 in North Berwick, Maine, on leave from the Post to learn about growing and homesteading from his sister and brother-in-law and to work on “Eat Your Vegetables.”

John Currence

John Currence


ronni lundy

Ronni Lundy


The award-winning author of five cookbooks, including Butter Beans to Blackberries: Recipes from the Southern Garden, nominated for the IACP’s Best American Cookbook Award in 1999 andShuck Beans, Stack Cakes and Honest Fried Chicken, named one of the six essential books about Southern cooking by Gourmet magazine in 1994. Currently the editor-in-chief of, the smartest, funnest, newest culinary magazine on-line, Ronni has also written about food and pop music for newspapers and magazines around the country, including Gourmet, Esquire, Sunset, Cooking Light and Bon Appétit. A founding member of the Southern Foodways Alliance, Ronni received the organization’s Craig Clairborne Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.

Linda Carman

Linda Carman

White Lily Baking Expert

Linda Carman has made a career of baking biscuits and cornbread. She is the test kitchen director for White Lily and Martha White. In her early career, she traveled across the South conducting baking demonstrations and cooking schools. She has compiled three cookbooks for Martha White: Southern Traditions, 100 years of recipes from the Martha White Kitchens. (Creative Publishing International, 1999),The Southern Baking Book and The Southern Sampler (Rutledge Hill, 1989). As a native of Cullman, Alabama, she credits her mother’s good Southern cooking as the greatest inspiration to her career.


Robyn Stone


Blogger, Add a Pinch

Robyn Stone, publisher of Add a Pinch, provides simple recipes and adventures from an everyday Southern home cook and home maker. Robyn loves to create recipes and try new things. She builds off of the solid recipes she was taught as a girl and continues to explore and discover new recipes her family and friends enjoy. Robyn also serves as a Blogger Ambassador for White Lily Flour. Visit her blog at

Additional speakers will be announced soon!



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